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ARL Shelters Closed on 11/20

Shelters Closed for Small Animal Training on 11/20

All three of our shelters (Boston, Brewster, and Dedham) will be closed on Wednesday, November 20 for a staff small animal training. Please know that even though we are closed to the public, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers are here to care for the animals.

If you’re interested in adopting, we hope you’ll come back on Thursday!

11-19 Shelter Closed Video Screenshot

Puppy Doe Update: Next Court Date Continued to 12/20

The Norfolk County District Attorney’s office announced that Quincy District Court has issued a continuance in the case of Puppy Doe, the young adult female dog found severely injured and starved near a park in  Quincy.   The Court continued proceeding to December 20.

Earlier this month, the suspect in the case was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty.  He remains incarcerated as the investigation in the case continues.

Were it not for people expressing their concerns to authorities about the injuries Puppy Doe sustained, the world might never have known about one of the worst cases of animal abuse anyone at the ARL has ever seen.

Learn more about how you can give a voice to victims of animal cruelty by visiting arlboston.org/take-action

11-6 See something say something

How to Identify Signs of Animal Abuse

Identifying Potential Pet Abuse

We’ve been emphasizing this message for the past few months, but it never hurts to say it again. If you see something, say something. Meaning, if you suspect that an animal is being abused, please call your local authorities.

Here are a few signs that may suggest that an animal is being abused.

11-13 Signs of Animal AbuseTake note of the following:

  • If a person keeps changing the story about their pet’s history
  • Listen to children’s responses to questions about their pets
  • Ask about other household pets
  • Observe how family members interact with each other
  • Observe how an animal acts around certain family members

Warning signs that could raise suspicion a.k.a. red flags:

  • Pets with chronic injuries or medical conditions that go untreated
  • Other injuries that are healing, in addition to a new injury
  • Pet owners who use the services of several veterinarians
  • Pet owners who constantly have new puppies or kittens, but not adult or aging pets
  • Injuries attributed to unknown causes, i.e. someone tells you that their pet has many accidental injuries
  • Multiple injured animals at the same house

If you know or suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, contact your local authorities. Thank you for helping us protect and improve the lives of local animals!

*Portions of this blog post have been reposted from an article called How to Recognize Animal Abuse and What to do About it by the Veterinary Team Brief by Lisa Bourazak, DVM, MPT, Kate Creevy DVM, MS, DACVIM, and Karen Cornell DVM, PhD, DACVS.

2 More Days to Vote for the ARL

Your Vote Helps Animals Win $2,500

11-7 raise_pawThe Somerville Dog Festival will donate $2,500 to one of five animal-related charities, including the ARL. The festival’s organizers have asked the public to cast their vote and help pick a winner from among the five.

Every dollar makes a difference in the work that we do and this $2,500 would go to helping our shelter animals.

Voting ends on Monday, November 11, so please vote daily and tell your friends to do the same.

We’re in second place, but have a ways to go to get to the top!

Voting is easy!
Just click the link below, “Like” the Somerville Dog Festival page and cast your vote for us.

Vote here: http://on.fb.me/HFtn5m

Giving a Voice to Victims of Animal Cruelty

If You See Something, Say Something

Puppy Doe suffered some of the most sadistic abuse anyone that the Animal Rescue League of Boston has ever seen, yet her case could have just as easily remained concealed were it not for people expressing their concerns to authorities.

When a passerby found Puppy Doe near a park, this private citizen called police.

When the veterinarian who initially treated Puppy Doe had questions about the extent of the injuries and wounds she saw on the dog’s body, she called the ARL to share her suspicions.

They saw something.  They said something.  They made the difference in the initial discovery of Puppy Doe’s abuse.  And a suspect is now in custody facing 11 counts of animal cruelty.

Her case has drawn a great deal of attention to the issue of animal cruelty, and many are calling for tougher laws.

While legislation that improves the way we treat and protect animals in Massachusetts will help prevent future cases like Puppy Doe’s, we must all accept our collective responsibility to protect animals like Puppy Doe and have the courage when we see or suspect animal abuse, to report it to our local police.

Because animals have no voice, it’s not surprising that, by some estimates, as many as four out of five cases of animal cruelty go undiscovered.

In spite of the excruciating and unimaginable pain Puppy Doe endured, she did it in silence.  She had no choice.  We can all be a voice for victims of animal cruelty like her if when we see something, we say something.

Learn more about the many victims of animal cruelty on our Take Action page: arlboston.org/take-action/

Your Dog’s Been Hit by a Car. What Do You Do Now?

Foxy was Hit by a Car and Her Family Had Fallen on Hard Times

photo 1Every Tuesday leading up to GivingTuesday on December 3, we’ll be sharing with you a touching story of a family who got the special gift of love and time thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund and supporters like you. We’re starting with Foxy, a four-year-old Chihuahua who was hit by a car.

Candace was getting Foxy ready to go out for her morning walk. Foxy, hearing the jingle of the leash, was excitedly bouncing around Candace’s legs. Candace’s son, not knowing Foxy’s leash was unsecured, opened the front door to head to work. In Foxy’s excitement, she dashed out the door and into the busy street.

They called out to Foxy in a panic, but it was too late. Foxy was hit by an oncoming car while her family watched helplessly. At a mere 6 pounds, it’s a miracle that the impact of the collision did not kill her instantly.

Candace and her son sprinted to Foxy – she lay whimpering in pain, unable to use her hind legs and struggling to get up. Being as gentle as possible, they lifted her injured body into their car and rushed her to the nearby animal hospital.

They arrived; hopeful that Foxy’s pain would soon be eased, but instead were faced with an impossible decision. The emergency surgery that Foxy needed to survive was going to cost $4,000 and Candace did not have the money to pay the bill.

The only other option that was offered to her was to humanely euthanize her companion, which was unthinkable.

Unfortunately, Candace had fallen on hard times and was living on a very strict budget. Frantically trying to figure out what to do, a friend referred her to Boston Veterinary Care, the veterinary clinic at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

When Candace called the ARL, her prayers were answered. ARL staff informed her that she qualified for the Alice T. Whitney Fund.

After several lengthy surgeries and countless days of medical treatment and rehabilitation, Foxy was reunited with Candace. Although it was hard for her to be apart from her best friend for so long, Candice is forever grateful that Foxy was given a second chance.

Please mark you calendar and remember to give to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 for #GivingTuesday.

Your donation will help animals like Foxy and people like Candace – in times when they need it the most.

Learn more about #GivingTuesday and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/

Because of the generous people who donate to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, Foxy is with us today! Please give on #GivingTuesday.

Because of the generous people who donate to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, Foxy is with us today! Please give on #GivingTuesday.